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Video of Loanee Mason Mount’s Goal In Lampard’s Managerial Debut Win

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Frank Lampard’s Derby kicked off the start of the Championship season against Derby and it was Chelsea loanee, Mason Mount who struck the first blow for the Rams who scored a late, late winner.

Mount played the whole 90 minutes of his Derby debut and looked solid throughout, his strike got the Rams up and running after they fell behind to a Bodvarsson goal.

This helped set up a stunning stoppage-time winner, to give Lampard a winning start to his managerial career.

Lampard’s first competitive game as a manager was against a manager he will know well from his playing day’s. Former Chelsea assistant manager Paul Clement was in the dugout falling victim to a bit of a smash and grab raid from the Rams.

Derby loanee Mount is a talented member of the Chelsea academy. It is no surprise that Lampard wanted to take the attacking midfielder who has been likened to the Blues legend with him to Pride Park (or whatever they call it now).

He had this to say about his debut

Yeah, the manager has put a lot of faith in, we got our rewards for keeping going. It is unbelievable to score on debut, this (Derby) is a great club.

Mount has yet to play for the Chelsea first team, however, he has been part of the all-conquering FA Youth Cup teams over the years. A year in the Championship could be a good building block for a future career at Stamford Bridge or somewhere else at the top of the game.

The season has literally only just started, but it is an exciting highlight of the opening weekend.

With his time at Chelsea and Gianfranco Zola the new assistant manager, I think we can look forward to more than a few Blues youngsters getting the opportunity to shine in the Championship at Derby.

Best of luck to Mason Mount, Frank Lampard and Paul Clement for the season ahead.

[Video] Bizarre Own Goals By Chelsea Players To Rival Kondogbia

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Chelsea were fortunate receivers of one of the most bizarre own goals I have seen by Kondogbia in the friendly against Inter Milan last week.

It was an own goal that any striker would have been proud to have scored at the right end, unfortunately, it was only in a friendly and the Blues lost anyway.

This got us thinking about own goals scored by Chelsea players over the years and we found a few blinders.

Fikayo Tomori Bizarre Own Goal

Chelsea youth player Tomori scored a bizarre own goal whilst playing for England’s u20 side this summer, let’s hope he does not suffer the same embarrassment if he steps up a level at Chelsea.

The Legend of Bizarre Own Goals Frank Sinclair

This 90’s Blue scored own goals when playing for Chelsea but he always seemed to score them when playing against us too. Here are some gems including an equaliser for Chelsea when playing for Leicester.

A cult hero of mine!

John Terry

Even our captain, leader, legend got in on the act.

Then There Was Jonathan Walters

Then there is Jonathan Walters who scored two cracking own goals against Chelsea

Didier Drogba Signed 13 Years Ago!

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It has been 13 years since Chelsea managed by Jose Mourinho signed Didier Drogba, the rest as they say is history.

Over the next decade he proceeded to win everything under the sun at Stamford Bridge including his glorious night in Munich. He even had time to leave, come back and win another Premier League title.

The beauty of the internet age is that sites like the BBC website allow us to see how the news was interpreted at the time.

The Ivorian said this about signing for the Blues

“I want to do well with my national team and my club, so I will do my best to be better than I was last season at Marseille.

“It is a big chance for me to come here and work with the coach, and to play for my new team.”

The news came the same week as Eidur Gudjohnsen committed his future to Chelsea under Mourinho by signing a four-year contract and speculation that Tiago would not be signed from Benfica (he did sign btw).

Controversial executive Peter Kenyon had this to say at the time

“I think his record speaks for itself,” he said. “I and everyone else feel confident that the money spent on him will be paid back in doing what he does best – by scoring goals. We are happy with the price we will pay. Didier is one of the most exciting strikers around.”

Chelsea fans were mixed in their response particularly given the popularity of Eidur Gudjonsen who would continue to achieve great things at the Bridge.

“I think  Drogba will have a hard time ousting the ice man Eidur”

Imagine what he might have looked like in the modern kit – GET IT HERE 

[Video] Documentary – JT From Youth Team To Champion Of Europe

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We found this video looking at the career of John Terry from youth team to Champion of Europe. It’s a really comprehensive of his history at Stamford Bridge with some interesting insights.

  • Him sharing a house with a youth team coach
  • How he joined as a defender
  • Why he and Dan Petrescu did not get on initially
  • Ousting Frank Lebeouf in 2000/2001
  • Why young players don’t always make it
  • Winning PFA Player of the Year
  • His England Career
  • What he remembers from the 2007 Carling Cup Final
  • 2008 Champions League Final regrets
  • MUNICH MUNICH and that sending off at the Nou Camp

As a club produced video it does lack discussion of some of the controversy and internal wranglings but definitely worth a watch!

John Obi Mikel Chelsea Legend - do you agree?

John Obi Mikel Chelsea Legend – Do You Agree?

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One of Chelsea’s longest serving players of the modern era has left after 10 and a half years, he may have been marmite to some but his attitude and what he achieved makes “John Obi Mikel Chelsea Legend” the only way to describe the Nigerian captain.

John Obi Mikel was one of the most frustrating players, he gave us all heart attacks with his questionable control and passing at times. Yet he was at many times exactly what Chelsea needed, a loyal workhorse that did not complain and got on with his job. His period at the club will go down as one of the most exciting, turbulent and successful periods in the clubs history.

Signed as an attacking player he quickly settled into the role of defensive midfielder, scoring just six goals in 372 appearances. Fans would with kind hearted irony scream “Shooooooot!” whenever he had the ball inside the opposition half.

John Obi Mikel Chelsea Legend

Let’s not pretend all was rosy during his career. Mikel arrived under a cloud and was not the most popular player at Stamford Bridge because of his propensity for passing sideways and losing possession.

At times his selection or appearance from the bench would bring groans.

Deep down though Chelsea fans appreciated him. When he was out of the side for long periods he would just knuckle down and do his bit for the team. Whether he started or came on as an 89th-minute substitute he gave everything for the shirt.

He was often the standout player when things were not going well on the pitch. He put in a string of man of the match performances last season. With the fans singing his name on a consistent basis for the first time during his time at the club.

Mikel outlasted Jose Mourinho (TWICE), Avram Grant, Felipe Scolari, Carlo Ancelotti, Guus Hiddink (Twice), Andre Villas Boas, the fat Spanish Waiter and Roberto Di Matteo.

He won well everything the Premier League, FA Cup, Charity Shield League Cup, Europa League and of Course Big Ears! I will never forget him chasing Arjen Robben around the pitch as he waited to take a penalty in extra time

“Petr Cech knows where you are going to kick it”.

The arrival of Antonio Conte and a late return due to the Olympics (where Mikel shone on and off the pitch) saw him disappear down the pecking order. Now is the right time but I am sorry to see him go

John Obi Mikel Legacy

John Obi Mikel Chelsea Legend is all I have to say about his legacy. He may have split opinions but with 372 appearances, countless trophies and a positive attitude he has written his name in the annals of history.

This day had to come but I am gutted that it has, the man even left with class!

Demba Ba Leg Break – Get Well Soon From Chelsea Fans

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This weekend saw a horrific Demba Ba leg break that will leave fans from all over the world wincing in pain and could end the career of a much loved former Chelsea player.

Demba Ba suffered a leg break during a Chinese league game for Shanghai Shenua where he had recently moved to from Turkey. Demba Ba had been in great form for his new side and was top scorer with 14 goals from 18 games before the injury.

Demba Ba Leg Break

Unfortunately, it looks like he will be battling to save his career.

We have looked at the incident a few times and the collision looks accidental but Demba Ba’s leg twists and goes off at an unnatural angle, it was sure to have been painful and will take a lot of time to heal. At 31 he could be facing an extended amount of time on the sidelines and it will be touch and go to see if he can recover to a fitness level that will allow him to continue playing.

Chelsea fans will be hoping that he can. Although he was not the most successful striker at the club, his patience and ability to get goals with limited playing time made him popular with Chelsea fans. He is a cult hero with Chelsea fans and any non-Liverpool Premier League fans for his calm finish after Steven Gerrards slip at Anfield that played a key role in denying Liverpool and denying Gerrard the title.

Although he has moved on and was entering the twilight of his career he was still popular and the official Chelsea twitter account shared the sentiment that we all have in wishing him the speediest recovery possible.

Get well soon Demba Ba, from Chelsea fans all over the world.

P.s below is a video of the incident, it is not for the squeamish.

Chelsea fans standing ovation

Juan Mata Standing Ovation By Chelsea Fans

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This weekend the Juan Mata standing ovation by Chelsea fans shows how we look after former Blues, even when they play for a bitter rival.
Not every player that leaves Stamford Bridge is given a standing ovation but those that play with their heart on their sleeve, connect with the fans and leave on good terms are always welcomed back.
This has been embodied by players like Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Petr Cech who were always treated well when returning to Stamford Bridge. This is despite Hasselbaink scoring against us at the Bridge and Cech signing for Arsenal.
After winning so much for the club (Cech) and being so apologetic after scoring (Hasselbaink) it is hardly a surprise.
Juan Mata also fits this bill, he played 135 games for us and was a cult hero, his creative flair and contribution to the team combined with his likeable personality made him a fan favourite.
He was part of the team that won the Champions League and FA Cup in 2012 meaning that at Stamford Bridge he will be immortal.
Mata left for Manchester United in January 2014 for £37.1m after drifting out of the new Mourinho set up. Chelsea fans were conflicted when he left and devastated when he joined a rival.

Juan Mata Standing Ovation By Chelsea Fans

Since then he has played against us a few times and has shown great humility and grace throughout, he has always been positive about his time at Chelsea.
This was shown again at the weekend when he gratefully reciprocated a standing ovation when substituted and then stayed behind after the game to personally greet every Chelsea player.
Then in the post match interview he confirmed everything with a heartfelt appreciation of the Chelsea fans and how much he enjoyed his time at the Bridge.
Its not always easy when former players return, but with Juan Mata Chelsea fans can hold their heads high!

Chelsea fans standing ovation